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27 February, 2021  // In 2020, according to the Accounts Chamber of Russia, the country's public debt increased by 72 billion USD (39.9%), and amounted to 253 billion USD (17.8% of GDP). In 2019, its growth was 7.8%. Despite this, in relation to GDP, it remains one of the lowest among both developing and developed countries.

8 February, 2021  // In 2020, according to Rosstat, 2,124,500 people died in Russia, 324,000 (18%) more than in 2019. In 162,249 cases, coronavirus was either the main or indirect cause of death. The number of marriages decreased by 19% (from 950,100 to 770,800), divorces - by 9% (from 620,800 to 564,000).

28 January, 2021  // According to preliminary data from Rosstat, the population of Russia as of Jan 1, 2021 was 146,238,185 people, which is 510.5 thousand people less than on Jan 1, 2020. The last time such a significant depopulation was in 2005. In 2019 and 2018, the population decreased by about 100 thousand.

11 January, 2021  // The Kochubeevskaya wind farm with an installed capacity of 210 MW, the largest in Russia, has been commissioned in Stavropol Krai. With a total area of about 200 hectares, it includes 84 wind turbines, each 150 meters high, the length of the blades - 50 meters.

28 December, 2020  // On Dec 26-27, Western Siberia had record freezing temperatures over the past 50-100 years. In Novosibirsk the temperature was minus 37-41 degrees Celsius, in Kemerovo and Barnaul - below -40. At the end of 2020, in Western and Central Siberia, the temperature is below the climatic norm by 20-24 degrees.

14 December, 2020  // In Apr-Oct 2020, according to Rosstat, the excess mortality rate in Russia was 164,057 people (in Sep - 31,666, in Oct - 47,777). This figure is likely close to the actual coronavirus related deaths. Based on it, it is possible to roughly calculate the total number of Russians infected as of October - about 24 M (16% of the population).

10 December, 2020  // In Jan-Nov 2020, according to the Ministry of Finance, the federal budget of Russia was executed with a deficit of $ 33 billion. In November, the deficit reached a record monthly level of $ 10.8 Bn. Budget revenues amounted to $ 220 Bn (80.3% of the annual income), expenses - $ 253 Bn (96.8% of the annual expenditure).

27 November, 2020  // In 2020, according BusinesStat, sales of bread in Russia may grow by more than 60 thousand tons, to 7.95 million tons year-on-year - the first increase in the past 5 years. Russian consumers buy cheaper and more satisfying foodstuffs because of the continuing decline in household income.

23 November, 2020  // Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev, the 4th best tennis player in the world, won the 2020 ATP Finals, only the second Russian in history. In 2009, Nikolai Davydenko did it. Medvedev also became the first to beat the top three players in the world during it - Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Dominik Thiem.

6 November, 2020  // As of September 30, 2020, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the number of foreigners legally working in Russia decreased to 1.8 million (one year ago - 2.3 million). These are mainly citizens of the former USSR countries, who returned to their homeland due to the pandemic and quarantine restrictions.

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